Good luck charms, sometimes known as talismans or amulets, are used all around the world by people who believe that they will bring good luck, or keep evil away. They range from the more serious charms, with their origins in mythology or religion, down to more mundane objects like your favorite lucky tie or lucky socks.
Religious relics, for example, such as a splinter from the cross of Jesus Christ or the Shroud of Turin, are believed by some to bring benefits to those who touch them or visit them. But there are also many good luck charms which people use around you every day.
Let’s look at fifteen of the most common charms and their origins.
Horseshoes have been associated with good luck for centuries, although the origins are uncertain.
According to some ancient folklore, elves and goblins got up to all sorts of mayhem such as casting spells and even kidnapping babies. But the goblins feared iron metal weapons and so hanging a horseshoe on would keep them away. The fact that horseshoes were fashioned by blacksmiths, who worked with elemental fire and metals, no doubt added to the magic and mystery.
Others believe that the luck of horseshoe originates from Saint Dunstan who used a horseshoe in a clever ploy to get the devil to stay away.
Some believe that the luck comes from the the crescent shape which represents the moon goddesses. As such, horseshoes could protect against a curse from the ‘evil eye’.
It’s said to be especially lucky if your horseshoe is one you found somewhere – and even luckier if it has any of the original nails in it.
Unfortunately people cannot agree on whether it is best to hang it with the ends pointing upwards to catch the good luck passing by, or to hang it with the ends pointing downwards for the good luck to flow down to the people nearby.
Check out these horseshoe charms.
2. Four-Leaf Clover
A four-leaf clover is a rare occurrence, as the plant usually has three leaves on each stem. Around 1 in 10,000 will have four leaves.
Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick, is said to have used the three-leaf clover as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity and Druid priests used the shamrock for healing the sick and warding off evil.
A four-leaf clover is believed to be especially lucky, with the leaves representing faith, hope, love, and luck.
Check out these 4-leaf clover charms.
3. Rabbit’s Foot[caption id="attachment_1388" align="aligncenter" width="658"] Rabbits Foot Good Luck Charms, on Amazon[/caption]
In many cultures around the world, the foot of a rabbit is carried as an amulet in order to bring good luck.